Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 750

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Tourism and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 750 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to ensure that vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments comply with the transient accommodation tax laws as well as other state and county laws and ordinances.


     Specifically, the measure requires the Department of Taxation (DOTAX) to coordinate with the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and each respective county to identify owners of residential properties subject to the transient accommodations tax (TAT) who operate vacation rentals, where the owner does not reside on the property, and bed and breakfast establishments, where the owner resides on the property.


     This measure also requires DOTAX to conduct audits of the owners of residential properties used for vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments, and to report annually to the Legislature on TAT revenues from such properties.


     The organization, Keep it Kailua! testified in support of the measure.  Your Committee received testimony in support of the intent of the measure from DOTAX, HTA, the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, and one individual.  Comments were received from the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments have long operated incognito from the oversight of government zoning, licensing, and taxation.  The results have been detrimental to the well-being and economy of the State.  This measure is an important step in implementing a means of identifying and keeping inventory of these illegal operations.


     The intent of this measure is to level the playing field among furnishers of transient accommodations.  Your Committee believes that it is inherently unfair for vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts to escape their responsibility to the counties and to the State.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Making a conforming statutory amendment to the HTA chapter to reflect its responsibility to cooperate with the DOTAX; and


     (2)  Making other technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Tourism and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 750, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 750, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Economic Development and Taxation.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Tourism and Government Operations,